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The Heart of Community Organizing and Corporate Giving: Rhonda Bannard, Episode 44

My work with the PhXX Forward Collaborative has given me access to a whole new world of amazing women. Rhonda is one of them. She has worked with several organizations that are at the heart of economic development and several of the key changes we have seen in our local culture. She launched her own business to help business owners, non-profits and community organizations communicate. She shares amazing insight on the future of corporate social responsibility (corporate giving) and the ever evolving relationship between for-profits, non-profits and community.

Take a listen! Reach out to Rhonda, her full bio is below:

Rhonda Bannard

Chief Connector/Founder

Inspired Connections



Rhonda Bannard is founder and Chief Connector of Inspired Connections, a boutique consulting agency focused on inspiring social responsibility and enhancing relationship development opportunities for companies, associations and social impact organizations. For the 14 years running her small business, she has offered her expertise as a creative strategist in the areas of Corporate Social Responsibility, community relations, marketing, communications, brand and content creation, strategic planning, fund development, media relations, event/program development and management, speech and image coaching, board development and collaborative partnerships. Her work with the nonprofit sector has covered a variety of issues including leadership, business, downtown revitalization, volunteerism, civil discourse, health and wellness, child health, and

workforce development. She has also supported major Arizona companies, law firms and medical practices in their community, relationship development and marketing initiatives. Prior to starting her own business in 2001, she held management positions at the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Phoenix Partnership and the March of Dimes – all nonprofits.

Rhonda began her career in the television news business.Rhonda is a serial creative, igniting great ideas to support the community. For the last couple of years she has developed a unique urban concept for a community gathering space, was picked up by a project accelerator to support her concept, and brought dozens and dozens of community members together to develop the concept. Frustrated with the fact that so many indicators are showing women falling further behind in equality, and the state of affairs in Arizona, Rhonda is also now exploring the opportunity to ignite a women’s movement to empower their passion and action toward needed change.

A longtime community champion, Rhonda has volunteered with dozens of organizations including the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, the AIDS Memorial Quilt Project, Valley Leadership, the Heart Ball and many others. She is the immediate past board chair of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and helped the organization develop and launch the inaugural Arizona Gives Day in 2013. She is a mentor to many. Rhonda is often called on to facilitate, emcee or speak at events, programs, conferences and through webinars. She is passionate about politics, is an active alum of Valley Leadership, a Phoenix Business Journal “40 under 40” honoree, creator and host of her own monthly group of women leaders – now in its 8th year,is a spirited UofA Wildcat, a fitness enthusiast and a proud mom of two great kids.

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